St Mary’s College (Wellington) St Mary’s College (Wellington)

Level 2 History

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr M. Hurley.

Recommended Prior Learning

Students are advised that it is beneficial to have achieved the basic standards of literacy at Level 1.

Course of Study

The central theme of the Year 12 History course is: Responding to Challenge

The course considers how political and social turmoil has shaped our world

A range of twentieth century examples (both New Zealand and International) will be investigated to gain an understanding as to how turmoil has impacted on society. For example:

  • Protest in New Zealand, eg Vietnam War
  • World War I and anti-conscription in New Zealand/Te Puea Herangi
  • The Nuclear World and the anti-nuclear/peace movement
  • Impact of Urbanisation on Maori - post World War II Maori culture under threat
  • Homosexual Law Reform
  • Second wave of feminism


Assessment will comprise up to three internal standards and two external standards for NCEA Level 2. 

Learning Areas:

Social Sciences


Level 3 History

History supports multiple learning and career pathways. Within the immediate context of senior secondary education, historical understandings can be applied to other subjects within the Social Sciences and to other learning areas such as the Arts, Science and English.
In the tertiary environment, the discipline of History can be further developed towards a career in such fields as a Historian, teacher, researcher or analyst. History can also enrich the study of other disciplines at the tertiary level such as the arts, physics, medicine, law,commerce, management, languages, archaeology, anthropology and health studies.

Career Pathways

Animator/Digital Artist, Chemist, Archivist, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Historian, Artist, Artistic Director, Barrister, Automotive Technician, Electrical Engineer, Minister of Religion, Managing Director/Chief Executive, Elected Government Representative, Emergency Management Officer, Civil Engineer, Graphic Designer, Interior Designer, Conservator, Legal Executive, Solicitor, Corrections Officer, Judge, Curator, Workplace Relations Adviser, Personal Assistant, Early Childhood Teacher, Records Adviser, Environmental Engineer, Fishery Officer, Food Technologist, Game Developer, Gardener, Photographer, Policy Analyst


All subject selections are provisional only and are subject to:

and the final decision is at the discretion of the Head of Learning Area for that subject.